Applications now available for 2021 ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ scholarship contest

The contest to award a total of $9,000 in scholarships to three winners in May

Applications now available for the 2021 "Don't Mess with Texas" scholarship contest

Every year about 362 million pieces of litter accumulate on Texas roads, and that’s why every year a special scholarship is available for Texas High School seniors to help make a difference in the Lone Star State.

The contest recognizes students currently attending public, private or home school that are taking an active role in litter prevention in their school or community.

Applicants need to plan to attend an accredited college or university in the fall 2021 semester.

The contest is awarding a total of $9,000 in scholarships to three winners in May.

Becky Ozuna, Program Administrator for the “Don’t Mess with Texas Program,” said they are looking for students who are developing creating solutions to keeping Texas litter-free.

Applications are due on March 31 by 5 p.m. For more information about the application process, click here.

And remember, you can be fined $500 every time you litter in Texas, and, if what you toss weighs more than five pounds, you may have to pay up to $2,000.

About the Authors:

Stephanie Serna is a weekday anchor on Good Morning San Antonio and GMSA at 9 a.m. She joined the KSAT 12 News team in November 2009 as a general assignments reporter.

Gaby has been a news producer since 2019. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Media Arts degree and previously worked at KIII-TV in Corpus Christi.